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Ottawa, 27 August 1999
Decision CRTC 99-372
Vidéotron ltée
Victoriaville, Quebec - 199811592
Application processed by
Public Notice CRTC 1999-86
dated 18 May 1999
Licence renewal
1.  The Commission renews the Class 1 licence for the cable distribution undertaking serving the above-noted locality, from 1 September 1999 to 31 August 2006.
2.  The operation of this undertaking is regulated pursuant to Parts 1, 2 and 5 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations (the regulations). The licence will be subject to the conditions specified in this decision and in the licence to be issued.
3.  In addition to the services required or authorized to be distributed pursuant to the applicable sections of the regulations, the licensee is authorized to distribute, at its option, WVNY (ABC), WCAX-TV (CBS), WPTZ (NBC) Burlington, Vermont, and WCFE-TV (PBS) Plattsburgh, New York as part of the basic service, as well as WFFF-TV (FOX) Burlington on a discretionary tier. The Commission notes that the licensee will receive these signals via microwave.
4.  The licensee is relieved, by condition of licence, of the requirement under section 17(1)(c) of the regulations to distribute the priority local service of CKTM-TV (SRC) Trois-Rivières, so long as it continues to distribute CKSH-TV (SRC) Sherbrooke, also a priority local service.
5.  The licensee is also relieved, by condition of licence, of the requirement under section 17(1)(f) of the regulations to distribute on the basic service the programming service of an English-language television station owned and operated by the CBC and distributed via satellite or microwave relay. Instead, the licensee distributes the regional signal of CBMT Montréal, a distant Canadian signal received over-the-air.
6.  The licensee is also relieved, by condition of licence, of the requirement under section 17(1)(e) of the regulations to distribute the regional signal of CHEM-TV (TVA) Trois-Rivières on the basic service. The licensee distributes the regional signal of CHLT-TV (TVA) Sherbrooke instead.
7.  The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to originate a video games service as a special programming service, offered on a discretionary basis, subject to the conditions listed in Decision CRTC 95-591 dated 24 August 1995.
8.  The licensee is also authorized to distribute, at its option, the special programming service known as "Événement", which, by definition, must contain no advertising messages.
9.  The licensee may receive any authorized signals over the air, or from any licensed or exempted Canadian broadcasting distribution undertaking authorized to provide signals to other broadcasting distribution undertakings.
10.  The licensee is authorized, by condition of licence, to insert, at its option, certain promotional material as a substitute for the "local availabilities" (i.e. non-Canadian advertising material) of non-Canadian satellite services. At least 75% of these local availabilities must be made available for use by licensed Canadian programming services for the promotion of their respective services, for the promotion of the community channel and for unpaid Canadian public service announcements. A maximum of 25% of the local availabilities may be made available for the promotion of discretionary programming services and packages, customer service information, channel realignments, cable FM service and additional cable outlets.
11.  It is a condition of licence that, for community programming and any other programming of a service that it originates, the licensee adhere to the guidelines on the depiction of violence in television programming set out in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Voluntary Code Regarding Violence in Television Programming, as amended from time to time and approved by the Commission.
12.  The Commission notes that this licensee is subject to the Employment Equity Act that came into effect on 24 October 1996 (1996 EEA), and therefore files reports concerning employment equity with Human Resources Development Canada. As a result of a consequential amendment to the Broadcasting Act, the Commission no longer has the authority to apply its employment equity policy to any undertaking that is subject to the 1996 EEA.
13.  Télévision communautaire des Bois-Francs inc., in a written intervention, expressed concern about the new approach taken by the licensee with respect to the community channel and made a number of recommendations in this regard. The Commission has examined the intervener's submission and is satisfied with the licensee's response to the concerns raised.
This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be viewed at the following Internet site:
Secretary General
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